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NZ Builders Ideals

How NZ Builders ltd thinks, and how we come up with our conclusions.

Purchasing, or building a house is a big step. It is not only a home for you and your family, it is most likely the largest investment you will ever make.  Such an investment should keep you and your family healthy, comfortable and safe, without costly maintenance and excessive energy requirements, and for a very long time.


 A Good Investment – Concrete Panel Construction

For Health and Financial Security


–     Seismically engineered to keep your family safe and secure

–     Fire resistant

–     Mould and Rot Free

–     Energy Efficient – up to 80% reduction in heating and cooling costs

–     Environmentally Sound – fewer materials, less waste, and lower carbon footprint

–     Superior Air Quality – lower VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)

–     Stable Humidity Levels

–     Virtually Maintenance Free

–     Exciting colours and finishes for a beautiful home

–     Easily made Passive

–     Pest Free

–     Acoustics – virtually no sound transmission from outside

–     Tried and proven in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Japan, and, in Commercial and Industrial applications here in Canada.


A good investment is determined by the rate of return.  An energy efficient, low maintenance home with superior structural integrity translates into financial health and security through longevity of the home, actual cash savings and incremental gain in value rather than depreciation. A healthy home, free of moulds and rot, without dramatic temperature fluctuations, and with consistent humidity levels translates into a stronger house, and health for those who live in such a home. Physical health and well being, as well as financial health, are attained with Concrete Panel Homes.  An added bonus is that they are an environmentally friendly option.


Proven Design and Performance

Neutral Capital Cost and Savings


Long popular in New Zealand, Europe and Australia, these proven homes are now emerging into the North American market offering consumers a superior housing option.  These homes are easily designed to be Passive with the addition of extra insulation sandwiched in the concrete panels, and the proper placement of windows and eves.  This translates into incredible energy savings, lowering heating and cooling costs by as much as eighty percent . . . . thats 80%!! 


Although it may appear that Concrete Panel Construction has a slightly higher initial capital cost, the immediate savings in not requiring expensive heating systems already offsets much, or all, of  any initial cost outlay.  Concrete panel homes also have much lower maintenance costs, which, coupled with the up to 80% savings in energy, will have your home showing financial rewards immediately. 


And that does not take into account the significant health benefits of a concrete home, even without going all the way to a designated passive design. Science is becoming increasingly aware of the detrimental effects of mould, fluctuating temperatures and humidity on our health.  As new regulations seal homes to cap energy demands and the need for conservation, our homes are becoming increasingly unhealthy.  Concrete panel construction addresses these issues.


Your Monthly Payments, and

How to Minimize Them to Keep Money In Your Pockets

What makes up your monthly shelter payments?

  • Mortgage
  • Property Taxes
  • Maintenance
  • Utilities

Mortgage payments are simply your capital cost outlay.  Property taxes, like other ‘tax pain’ is something we cannot help you with, you are at the mercy of your municipality, and provincial government.  However, we can do something to help with your  Maintenance and Utilities costs – they add up, so the savings can be huge!


How Can You Save Up To 80% of Your Energy Costs?

By doing three simple things, we can save you up to 80% of the average utility bill by:


1.) Having an energy analyst evaluate your homes location for solar array (the energy that can be derived from the sun).

2.) Insulating properly.

3.) Designing Passively.


Although there will be some additional costs associated with concrete panel construction, they are easily recovered. The money you spend on solar array analysis, energy model, insulation, and a proper ventilations system (HRV/ERV – Heat Recovery Ventilator/Energy Recovery Ventilator) will lower your heating load.  Lowering the heating load means that you need a less expensive heating system, and that will save you money.  That savings alone will make up for, or contribute significantly towards any additional building costs. There is actually no extra money spent than if you were to buy a high performance heating system.

The extra money you spend on the concrete sandwich panel construction will save on monthly utility bills, as well as the savings on maintenance of your home, all of which allows you to spend more on your capital investment, and allows you to save for your future. Again, this does not take into account the dollar value you could put on your health, as you have a significantly healthier environment for you, and your children.


But Dont Concrete Homes Lack a Homey Feel? 


Not at all!!


North Americans are not used to Concrete home construction outside of their foundations.  However, all high-rise apartments, penthouses and most commercial and industrial buildings use concrete.  It is far superior for strength and longevity than other building materials and is why it is used for everything that needs to last from those foundations we have discussed to bridges.  If it is good enough to hold up a bridge, or a parkade, it is good enough to house your family!  And there are lots of ways to make it pretty!


What else comes along with concrete sandwich panel homes?

  • Maximized Thermal Mass.  Thermal mass is a concept that describes how the mass of a building stabilizes temperature fluctuations.  The time it takes to gain or lose heat is known as thermal lag.  When a home is designed with proper window and eve size and placement, the suns energy is contained through the windows in the winter, and stored in the thermal mass of the building.  Concrete is a superior material for utilizing the concept of thermal mass.

In the summer, the same window and eve placement works with the changed elevation of the sun to keep the heat out, and cooler temperatures in the home.  The goal is to never have a fluctuation of more than one degree either side of the temperature you set.  This provides a healthy and stable environment.  Adding a HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) will keep your humidity within 45-55%. This  adds to your health, and the health of the home.

Not many people have experienced this level of comfort, and will not until they have stayed in a high performance home.


Why NZ Builders Advocates for Concrete Panel Construction

NZ Builders Ltd. likes to build a quality, luxury product that they can confidently, and happily, warrant will last the test of time.